US ‘particularly troubled’ by hanging of Dutch Iranian woman

The United States said on Monday it is ‘particularly troubled’ by the execution of a Dutch-Iranian woman found guilty of drugs smuggling.

‘The United States is deeply concerned that Iran continues to deny its citizens their human rights,’ state department spokesman Philip Crowley was quoted by news wires as saying. ‘We are particularly troubled by the recent execution of Dutch-Iranian national Zahra Bahrami, who was denied access to Dutch consular officials.’
‘Her execution is one of dozens carried out in recent weeks amid serious questions about the motives of the Iranian government and whether these prisoners were granted their rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,’ Crowley said.
Previous convictions
Meanwhile, current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported on Monday evening that Bahrami had a previous conviction for drugs smuggling in the Netherlands.
In 2003, she was found with nearly 16 kilos of cocaine in her luggage and sentenced to three years in jail with one suspended.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said news of the sentence had no bearing on her trial in Iran, according to the programme.
Bahrami was hanged for drugs smuggling following her arrest in 2009 for taking part in anti-government protests. She was in Iran to visit her family.
Since the execution, the Netherlands has frozen contacts with Iran and advised other Iranian-Dutch nationals not to travel there.

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